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Quiz – The Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion

As it's October, the month which saw the start of the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion in 1536, I thought I'd test you on your knowledge of this Henrician rebellion. So, grab your favourite snack and beverage, and let's get those little grey cells working. Hint: You can find links to resources on the rebellion below the quiz.


#1. The Lincolnshire Rising, which turned into the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, started here on 4th October 1536.

#2. Which of these was listed in the articles of grievance by the rebels in Lincolnshire?

#3. On 8th October 1536, this lawyer called the people of Beverley, Yorkshire together, asking them to be true to "God, the king, the commonwealth" and "to maintain the Holy Church".

#4. True or false: During the rebellion, King Henry VIII ordered the Duke of Suffolk to destroy, burn, and kill man, woman, and child, and ordered the Earl of Derby to hang abbots and monks?

#5. Which of these castles was surrendered to the rebels on 20th October 1536?

#6. This man was the owner of the castle that surrendered to the rebels.

#7. Four Chaplains of ....... were appointed by the rebels.

#8. On 26th October 1536, the rebels met troops led by this man near Doncaster and chose to negotiate.

#9. True or false: The rebels dispersed after being offered a pardon by Henry VIII in December 1536?

#10. True or false: Robert Aske supported a further rebellion, that of Sir Francis Bigod, in January 1537?


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  1. R

    Have people read that letter, its very chilling. If they all go home, good. If not, you will just burn, kill, destroy, do execution on everything and everyone who is around, probably regardless of guilt. Chilling stuff.

    Most people did disperse. But still chilling. The retribution which followed wasn’t the terror threatened but it was bad enough. About 256 people were executed, although some were probably slain unofficially as well, with 171 in Lincolnshire. One area saw 70 people taken, one strung up in each village. Chilling stuff.

    The monks at Sawley Abbey for an example were hung from the towers of their Abbey on the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Ten people, clergy and ordinary people were executed in 1537 after the monks returned to Cartmel Prior in Cumbria and they tried to stop the King’s men stealing the grain used to feed the poor. That apparently was treason. The second rising was the excuse for these atrocities and in another letter, Henry rebuked Norfolk for not quartering the bodies of monks after they were hung. On the other hand he told Suffolk to go easier than the Duke wanted to, telling Norfolk to check him. Henry seems to have definitely had mood swings during all of this. Very chilling reading these letters.

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Quiz – The Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion